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The 8 Best Moments of Forecastle Festival 2015

PHOTO BY JASON GONULSEN We’re all in this together. I mentioned this last year, but it’s so, so true. We’re in it together to endure the heat index, which reached a stifling and relentless peak on Sunday. To escape the 60 mph winds and approaching rain, which cut Sam Smith’s stellar set short and made … Read more

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Forecastle Festival Day One in Photos Featuring Houndmouth, Sam Smith, Cage the Elephant, The Gaslight Anthem, ZZ Ward, Cold War Kids, and more

Forecastle Festival kicked off yesterday with an absolutely blistering set of tunes by Houndmouth, who quite frankly stole the show. Sam Smith was also excellent, although his set was cut short due to high winds approaching the area. All photos by Jason Gonulsen and Rachel Waters. HOUNDMOUTH SAM SMITH THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM KIESZA CAGE THE … Read more

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Photos | The Gaslight Anthem at Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC

All photos by Agatha Donkar The Gaslight Anthem just finished up recording their upcoming fifth full-length LP, and last Thursday in Carrboro, played … a set that didn’t include any of the new tunes. And that’s actually one of my favorite things about Gaslight, really — they’ve never been a band that puts new songs … Read more

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Photos | The Gaslight Anthem @ the Lincoln Theatre

All photos by Agatha Donkar Last night I instagrammed my photo pass for the Gaslight Anthem show with the caption some people go to church, I go to see Brian Fallon. It’s true: I believe in rock and roll like some people believe in God, and the Gaslight Anthem are one of the bands that … Read more

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The 100 Best Albums of 2012

Vinyl, CD, MP3, Spotify, etc. Take your pick, bust most of us around here prefer vinyl whenever possible, only because when we listen to a song like Brandi Carlile’s “Hard Way Home,” we can really feel it via our turntables. What’s important, though, is that you find music that suits you. And here are the … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The Gaslight Anthem – 45

Photo by Nigel Crane There are some days when what I want from a song isn’t lyrics that make me think, or complex orchestration; I just want crashing guitars and something that sounds and feels like rock and roll at its most pure. “45,” the first single off the Gaslight Anthem’s upcoming record Handwritten (out July 28th), … Read more

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Our Most Anticipated Albums (Quarter 3)

Dirty Projectors album art courtesy of Domino While much of the country is in a drought, we are not want for new music during the summer months. Your grass might be brown, and your air conditioner might be bending under the burden of 100 degree weather, but your new album release cup runneth over. Don’t … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2010 | 100 – 76

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Welp, it’s that time of year again. As we groove into 2011 with renewed goals to get our asses off the sofa and onto the treadmill, we must reflect back on all of the music that kept us in semi-permanent couchlock, frantically downloading, listening to, and researching the gobs of tunes that … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Augustines – Book of James

Photo by Brendan Stuart It’s a glorious day for those of us whom, for the past few years, have been crack-scratching our left arms for some new music from Bill McCarthy and his band of merry-men once known as Pela. I, luckily, found their music later than some others, seeing them open for The Gaslight … Read more

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New Video for The Gaslight Anthem’s “American Slang”

“Directed by Kevin Custer, director of the band’s seven-part ‘Making of AMERICAN SLANG’ series that documented the process of recording the new album, the video for the title track features live performances from the group as well as striking black-and-white images of New York City, one of the band’s many muses for their critically-acclaimed new … Read more

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The Gaslight Anthem Announces ‘American Slang’, Tour

Soul and punk seem to be two very conflicting things – maybe that’s why The Gaslight Anthem’s 2008 release, The ’59 Sound, came out of nowhere for me. They’re a group of tattooed guys from the fertile punk grounds of New Brunswick, New Jersey, but when I heard the title track for the first time, … Read more